The Devil isn’t really in the Details!

by Lester Young

Ever see a promise in God’s Word that had all the details laid out about how it was going to come to pass?  Me, neither. The fact is, pretty much all of God’s promises to us come with frustratingly few of the particulars disclosed. It’s frustrating because our human minds tend to feel a lot better about things when we can see and know what’s going to happen next and how stuff is going to work.

That’s probably the very reason why God doesn’t tell us a lot of details. Such interaction would undoubtedly only reinforce our dependence upon our own knowledge, intellect and understanding to get us through. And, in case you haven’t realized it yet, that’s precisely what God is trying to rid us of (Proverbs 3:5). Besides, if He revealed to us all the ‘behind-the-scenes’ activity that went on in the realm of the spirit to bring His Word to pass in our lives – all the things that have to be brought into ‘alignment’ (Romans 8:28) – there’s a good chance that our fuzzy little heads would explode.

Take Abraham, for instance. God told him that He would bless and take care of him if he would simply obey and follow Him to a place He’d lead him to. He didn’t even tell the man where they were going to go. He just expected Abram to trust Him for his (and his family’s) welfare, and that’s what Abram decided to do. But, because he had a human mind just like the rest of us, Abram undoubtedly wrestled with some of the same questions you and I might have: “Where the heck am I going?? What am I going to find when I get there…assuming that I do get there? Man, there are bandits roaming around all over the place! How’s He going to bless me – how’s it gonna happen?” Sound familiar?

Yet, in spite of the questions, Abram proceeded on after God in faith. (Yes, it’s possible to have questions – even doubtful ones – and still be in faith. Just remember what a doubtful question is: it’s a ‘whispering’ to you from Satan, trying to shake you off of ‘acting’ on God’s Word. And, acting on God’s instruction and leading is precisely what faith is about, because faith without works – i.e., actions corresponding to that faith – is dead [James 2:17-26].) He did it by a conscious choice, by a determined act of his own will; and that’s how we should follow God’s leading, too. As a matter of fact, that’s often the only way we can follow Him, especially when our circumstances or other people are screaming at us that we should be going the ‘other’ way.

It’s tough to take a step when you don’t know or can’t see exactly where it is you’re putting your foot. It’s indeed difficult to take an action that you have no earthly idea about how it could ever succeed for you or cause you anything but trouble or failure. But, if it’s God’s leading (and remember, He knows and sees more than we do), we must keep in mind that it’s the best thing we could possibly do, because it’s His will for us – and His will is, by definition, already blessed and guaranteed successful for us, if we’ll receive it (2 Corinthians 1:20).

Listen, you don’t have to ‘understand’ everything. As a matter of fact, you don’t have to understand anything in order to obey, because obedience is a choice. We’re not called to understand; we’re called to exercise faith and trust – in other words, just believe God like Abraham did. That’s why he’s called the ‘father’ of our faith, and it’s why we’ll get the same blessing if we respond to God exactly the way he did (Isaiah 51:1-2; Romans 4:16; Galatians 3:8-9). Besides all that, God will give us the understanding as we go. After all, the reverential fear and respect of the LORD is the first step in all wisdom and knowledge (Proverbs 1:7, 9:10, 15:33). So stop paying so much attention to ‘how’ and ‘why’ and focus instead on ‘Who’ it is that’s with us and ‘what’ He’s told you to do (1 John 4:4; John 15:10). That’s our part. He’ll handle the rest.

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4 Comments to “The Devil isn’t really in the Details!”

  1. Thank you for this message. I liked the part “Obedience is a choice.” Have a blessed day, Lester.

  2. Amen, Lester. Taking the step of faith, believing God is much more exciting than knowing every tiny detail that is going to happen. It opens up a whole wide world of possibilities which cannot be contained in our own little human minds. But it takes a lot of humility, and at the same time, as you say, the choice of obedience. And staying in faith is a fight with many adversaries facing us. But believing God is exactly what pleases Him, and it is accounted to us for righteousness, just as in the case of Abraham. Thank you for this post, Lester.

    • It all comes down to trusting without seeing or knowing in the natural – and, yes, that is simply a matter of choice. It may be a tough one at times, but having a ‘free will’ by definition puts every choice within our human ability. As always, thanks very much for your visits and input, Dee.

      Lester

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